Kapi-Mana News : June 11th 2013
18 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 11, 2013 EDUCATION 5380035AA GET YOUR HEART CHECKED! Cardiovascular disease (heart, stroke & blood vessel disease) is the leading cause of death in New Zealand Every 90 minutes a New Zealander dies from heart disease -- that's 16 people a day Many of these deaths are premature & preventable A Cardiovascular Risk Assessment or Heart Health Check will establish what your risk is of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 5 years, and may give you advice on how to improve your heart health. Most Compass Health medical practices are offering FREE heart checks now! The Heart Health Check Will: • Ask about your risk factors -- like smoking, exercise & diet • Ask if there is any family history of heart attack or stroke • Take your blood pressure • Test your cholesterol Contact your GP practice today to see if you qualify for a free Heart Health Check or visit www.compasshealth.org.nz Action inspired by education study By ANDREA O'NEIL THE FIGURES Porirua snapshot: Discussion points from Shine's landscape document Porirua is unusually socially stratified: All Northern Ward primary schools are decile 9 or 10, while all Eastern Ward primary schools are decile 1 or 2 Community services organisations based in the Northern Ward are given $3.5 million of funding, versus $3m in the East and $1.8m in the West 99 per cent of Northern Ward children attend early childhood education, compared to 88 per cent in the Eastern Ward and 94 per cent in the Western Ward Northern Ward children start school with an achievement level (stanine score) of 4-5, and by age 6 have progressed to level 6-7. Eastern Ward children enter school with level 1-2, and by age 6 are at level 4-5: A larger net improvement 38 per cent of Porirua College students leave the city to study. The biggest flight is from the Northern Ward, where 64 per cent of students attend Wellington, Tawa or Kapiti colleges Why do poorer Porirua school entrants learn more quickly than their wealthier peers, then start to struggle aged 9? With Porirua colleges achieving 90 per cent pass rates for NCEA level 2, why do 38 per cent of Pori- rua teenagers leave the city for college? Many similar questions are hoped to flow from a landmark infographic created for this Friday's Shine Porirua education summit. Long-time Porirua social wor- ker John Cody has collated stat- istics from the health, employ- ment, welfare and education ministries and Porirua City Coun- cil to create an easy-to-read snap- shot of a Porirua child's life from age0to25. The fullest information relates to schooling, partly because principals and the Ministry of Education were more forthcoming with data than health bodies and Porirua's social services, Mr Cody says. The evidence shows Porirua schools do an excellent job, but interesting anomalies in chil- dren's success should prompt questions about the role of chil- dren's families, community, and our health and welfare services, Mr Cody says. Year 4 at primary school seems to be a significant milestone for deprived children. The curriculum gets more diffi- cult that year for children who have not been exposed to a wide variety of life experiences, Mr Cody says. Children's experience starts to matter: whether they've been to the beach, whether they've been to Wellington. How do you come to school knowing what's not there, if you haven't got a reference?'' It is important the document is used to question, discuss and improve children's futures, rather than point the finger of blame, Mr Cody says. There's no mileage in trying to find fault. The thing we're trying to do is understand,'' he says. With the material in front of peo- ple, we need to be able to ask bet- ter questions, and the questions will be about the system, not about particular individuals or organisations.'' The 150 community leaders attending Friday's forum hope to create a permanent, cross-agency taskforce to improve children's futures, with a common agenda and shared measurement systems, Mr Cody says. Shine's educational landscape infographic will be available online in coming weeks: see www.facebook.com/ShinePorirua. World-class: Tawa College's boys' barbershop chorus Acafellas -- led by Charlotte Murray -- took first in last month's regional barbershop competition, which Tawa and Aotea colleges dominated. PHOTO: TAWA COLLEGE Pitch-perfect kids By ANDREA O'NEIL Tawa and Aotea Colleges domin- ated the Wellington regional bar- bershop competition last month, taking all top five placings for girls choruses, and 15 of 33 overall placings in quartet and chorus categories. Aotea girls quartets The Rookies, Melodic Phazeek and MarvelUs took first, second and third at the Young Singers in Har- mony competition on May 23, fol- lowed by Tawa quartets Enchords and Fourshadow. Tawa College's boys' barbershop chorus Acafellas took out their category, with Aotea's Aotearoar in third. Tawa's girls' chorus, Maiden Tawa, came second to Aotea Col- lege's ACBC, while Bishop Viard's girls placed sixth in the category. In boys' quartets, Aotea's AC Times were second and Tawa's Pitch Hikers were third. Many singers from both colleges will progress to the national com- petition in Hamilton in late September. Tawa College head of music Murray Cameron attributes both school's success to their master directors, Charlotte Murray at Tawa and David Brooks at Aotea, who train world-calibre singers. The kids are privileged to be working with these guys,'' he says.
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